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  7. Contemporary Art Space in the Old Convent of Madre de Dios / sol89

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

Contemporary Art Space in the Old Convent of Madre de Dios / sol89

  • 10:00 - 21 March, 2015
Contemporary Art Space in the Old Convent of Madre de Dios / sol89
Contemporary Art Space in the Old Convent of Madre de Dios / sol89, © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda Courtesy of sol89 © Fernando Alda + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    María González, Juanjo López de la Cruz
  • Area

    830.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Quantity Surveyor

    José Castro
  • Installations Engineers

    Alejandro Cabanas
  • Collaborators

    George Smudge, Andrés Pino
  • General Contractor

    Cotracom SL
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

Text description provided by the architects. The intervention interprets the building where is inserted, an old convent, as a context in constant transformation over time.

Constructive Section
Constructive Section

The project arises from a reflection around the creation process in contemporary art, its unpredictable condition and the current dissolution of limits between the space of production and exhibition.

© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

We can recognize that much of contemporary art expression understands the architectural space as a matter of work (we remember Shibboleth by Doris Salcedo breaking the floor of the Tate Modern in London in 2007, High Plane V by Katterin Sigurdardottir occupying the false ceiling of the PS1 in New York or Esto no es un graffiti where artists demolished some facings of walls in the same place of our project). We think the contemporary exhibition space shouldn’t be projected like a static room in time but like a neverending space in ellipsis, waiting for each exhibition come for completing it.

© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

The intervention is projected like a variable and reversible space. The walls and ceiling will be covered by slats of wood, the separation between them will allow see the original brick walls, showing the textures of the bricks and the wounds caused by centuries that we have discovered in this first phase, that narrate time builds too as in Yourcenar’s quote. At the same time, this wooden structure overlapped to the ancient walls will allow the acces to all installations in any point of space.

Exploded Axonometric
Exploded Axonometric

Our intervention will act as an initial installation in the space rather than a architectural construction. A temporary display related to the existing volume that enables the development of future exhibitions and could be disassembled like one of these, revealing what is truly valuable in this old building in a patrimonial sense is the matter, space and light rather than styles or decorations.

© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Contemporary Art Space in the Old Convent of Madre de Dios / sol89" 21 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884